Durham Cricket League: Sherwin Campbell’s century leads bottom club Hylton to welcome victory

Murton bowler Phumizile Yiba powers in to test Littletown batsman Sam Harris.
Murton bowler Phumizile Yiba powers in to test Littletown batsman Sam Harris.
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Seaham Park are now in freefall and haven’t won since early June.

They now sit fourth-bottom in Division One after their shock home defeat by Hylton, which gives the visitors a tiny bit of hope in their unlikely survival chances.

Sherwin Campbell’s unbeaten 101 was the main reason for the Castletown outfit’s surprise win, knocking off the 204 runs with only two wickets lost, with fellow opener Liam Foster adding 57. Kevin Mustard was unbeaten on 31.

Earlier, Kit Allan (46), Michael Walker (57) and Siddharth Chitnis, with 44 not out, had batted well for the home side. Steven Lee Merrington struck twice for Hylton.

Castle Eden were relieved to win their game against a decent Horden side to pick up vital points in their relegation battle.

Batting first, they made 177-9, with opener Tebogo Mokwena scoring a vital 40 and Jonathan Brown 32 not out, with Adam Dixon taking 3-42.

Horden lost early wickets and only Wayne Birks, with 42, made any inroads to Eden’s bowling attack. Richard Ede, Daniel Baldwin, Ryan Ball and Robbie McGlasham each took two wickets, to seal victory by 33 runs.

The two teams sitting just above the relegation trapdoor, Bill Quay and Crook Town, both drew.

Quay relied on their tail wagging, thanks to Chris Malley (39no) and Will Gardner (38no), to claim nine points, for holding on at home to second-top Easington.

Ryan Higgins hit 55 for Easington to top 500 league runs for the season but he was outshone by the brilliance of Sujit Nayak, with the Indian pro making an unforgettable 153, with 10 sixes and 13 fours, as Easington reached 296-5, Robbie Atherton adding an unbeaten 63.

Alan Mustard’s 39 proved crucial for Quay, who ended on 180-7, with Nayak starring again, taking 4-28 and Gary Ward 2-38.

Crook Town dug in for eight points, thanks to Steven Chapman (3-46 and 40), at home to Durham City.

City made 237-6 declared, led by Jake McCann’s fine knock of 86. Jonny Harding added 45 and Nick Howe 33. Danni Hazell bagged 3-41 when Crook responded with 160-6, while Andrew Hutchinson struck twice.

Burnopfield must feel they have one hand on the championship trophy after a 91-run win at Philadelphia, who are third.

Gareth Breese (64) and Neil Killeen (48) led Burnopfield to 180-9 declared, with Amarjeet Singh (3-17), Stevie Wright (2-46) and Peter Greenwell (2-15) the pick of the bowlers.

Phili were then skittled for 89 oin 20 overs, Lewis Carney top-scoring with just 14 as Stuart Atkinson ran riot to take 6-38. Killeen plundered 3-24.

Dawdon had an exciting one-wicket win at home to Esh Winning.

Esh batted first and posted 157, thanks to Jibran Khan (66) and Michael Oughton (48), with Michael Ewart and Bilal Patel each taking three wickets.

Nathan Newton scored 71 in reply and then James Dent fired a crucial 30 not out to get them over the line – just.